VRA BC Annual Training Day and AGM 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Sheraton Guildford Hotel & Conference Centre
15269 104th Street, Surrey, BC

This event will also be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person.

 

Click here to register!

 

Research suggests mental health conditions can affect anywhere from 1 in 4 or up to 50% of Canadians in their lifetimes. The probability of knowing someone directly impacted by a mental health condition is almost 100%. Historically therapies revolve around medications and psychological interventions. Incorporating other psychological (i.e., thoughts, emotions and behaviours) and social dimensions into the rehabilitation plan move towards a more holistic biopsychosocial model of care. VRA BC is pleased to present an entire day devoted to the topic of mental health and work, expanding upon this model of care.

During the morning session Registered Psychologist Dr. Macy Lai will address the topic of effective treatment delivery models and return to work. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about the latest treatment approaches and how this can be integrated into their return to work plans with clients. Following this Greg Gauthier with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) will present on his experience coordinating his own return to work following a mental health leave, and how his process highlighted and addressed organizational and systemic barriers to treatment that exist for many firefighters in BC.

After lunch and the AGM, we are pleased to present Stuart Ellis-Myers (a.k.a. ‘Twitchy’), the world’s only Vocational Rehabilitation mastery keynote speaker living with Tourette Syndrome.  In this interactive, laugh-while-you-learn, experientially-based keynote Stuart will share all of the mental health to mental wealth life lessons learned through years of battling this often emotionally debilitating condition. Participants will be invited to explore their own humanity while learning how to effectively detect, triage, and safely manage clients who are overwhelmed 
by stigma, crippling symptoms of mental illness, and the dual diagnosis of addiction/substance abuse.

Rounding out this provocative day are Dr. Marc White and Dr. Shannon Wagner with the Workplace Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute (WWDPI). In a series of systematic reviews Dr. White and Dr. Wagner identified worker, workplace and system-based factors contributing to prolonged work absence, and identified interventions that impacted some of these risk factors. During this presentation they will share highlights from this work and outcomes relevant to vocational rehabilitation professionals.

Following this presentation Dr. White and Dr. Wagner will host a roundtable discussion and Q&A panel. This interactive session will consider the relevance of psychosocial factors in the workplace that can impact prolonged work absence. Participants will be invited to explore the implications of current research in the context of a vocational rehabilitation professional’s roles and responsibilities for case management in the context of delivering services for employers, and workers’ compensation boards

New for 2018 our valued event sponsors will be front and centre, as they present their new and innovative products and services during short, Hollywood-style elevator pitches situated throughout the day.

This event will be of interest to vocational rehabilitation professionals, and allied professionals who work with clients engaged in the return to work process including occupational therapists, kinesiologists, physiotherapists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, and counsellors.

 

Speaker Bios and Presentation Outlines

 

Morning Session


 

Dr. Macy Lai
How Psychological Treatment Helps Clients Increase Function / Return To Work

I. Return-to-work focused psychological treatment
1.What are the evidence-based psychological treatments for common psychological conditions that cause work stoppage?
2. General psychological treatment vs. Return-to-work focused psychological treatment: treatment goals, treatment plan, how to measure progress
3. Psychologist as a part of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team
 
II. When treatment is funded by a third party... Who is the client?
1. What does informed consent looks like?
2. How much to share with the party that is funding treatment? With the rest of the rehabilitation team?
 
III. Apps, Skype, online websites = Seeing a psychologist in person (Individual or group)?
1. Pros & Cons
2. What does research say?
3. Data/Record security
 
IV. Case Studies (One to two cases, depending on time)

 

Macy LaiDr. Lai has been registered a psychologist in BC since June 1998. For 14 years Dr. Lai worked at WorkSafeBC as a Psychology Advisor where she acquired her skill set to function as a psychologist as a part of an inter-disciplinary rehabilitation team, and to work within a disability management setting.  She has been operating her own private practice for 18 years, working with Employee Assistance Program clients for the first 7 years and then providing treatment and independent assessments primarily for clients who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or on disability benefits.  Dr. Lai is currently a consultant for BC Life and Casualty Company and in private practice.

 


 

Greg Gauthier
RTW Case Study

Presentation Outline

Greg will present on his experience coordinating his own return to work following a mental health leave, and how his process highlighted and addressed organizational and systemic barriers to treatment that exist for many firefighters in BC. Greg’s willingness to share his personal experience has helped many firefighters find the courage to ask for help and inspired employers to view return to work differently.  Following his presentation, there will be a Q & A and a “group-think” about how Greg’s experience can assist vocational rehabilitation professionals.

Greg Gauthier

Greg is a 20-year Vancouver firefighter who understands first-hand, from his experience as a first responder, the special psychological risks that exist in the firefighting role.  He is also Vice President of Benefits, Illness and Injury for the International Association of Firefighters Local 18. Greg’s role with this organization is to advise members of their rights concerning medical leaves and return to work programs for Vancouver Firefighters. This role exposed Greg to the complexities of managing the mental health needs of firefighters within a safety sensitive work environment.

When Greg left work to recover from trauma related mental injury, he had unique knowledge and experience helping others to navigate the various systems and get back to work.  Despite the stigma, and many system and organizational challenges, he coordinated his own successful return to work.   He did so in a very creative way and pushed his organization way beyond its comfort zone – no other department we know of has allowed this kind of approach.  His RTW addressed some organizational and system barriers that exist for many firefighters in BC.    

 

 

 

Afternoon


 

Keynote Speaker Stuart Ellis-Myers
More VRA Connection! More VRA Collaboration!! More VRA Learning!!! More VRA Fun!!!!

What would you do if, out of the blue, your life turned upside down? What if you went from being a happy, healthy, normal child and suddenly became an anxious, depressed, twitchy mess of devastating proportion? This is exactly what happened to Stuart Ellis-Myers. At the age of eight, Stuart began to develop one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses of our time . . . Tourette Syndrome.

Faced with the prospect of a lifetime of frustration, isolation, and shame – the typical reaction to this condition – Stuart instead chose to make his life into something remarkable. One of the most gifted and inspiring public speakers, Stuart has used the life lessons learned through years of battling this often emotionally crippling disorder to help countless others overcome their own challenges and fears. His insight and humanity have enabled him to share his own, often painful, experiences in such a way as to offer a real, usable, methodology for overcoming the many pitfalls of modern life.

Stuart Ellis-Myers a.k.a. ‘Twitchy’ is living proof that anyone who overcomes overwhelming mental disability tends to develop extraordinary approaches to every day challenges – often achieving extraordinary results. In this, Twitchy’s favourite address, you will learn by laughing with a mental health resident expert offering fifty (50) years of experience living with the rare and socially bizarre neurological disorder Tourette Syndrome, bipolar depression, anxiety, OCD & ADD.

Twitchy now shares all of the mental health to mental wealth life lessons learned through years of battling this often emotionally crippling condition to help countless others to overcome their
own challenges and fears. His insight and humanity have enabled him to share his own, often painful, experiences in such a way as to offer a real, usable, methodology for overcoming the many pitfalls of modern life. The countless physical and psychological manifestations of our high stress lives are made clearer to understand and easier to bear through his simple and effective system of Unstoppable & Mental Health to Mental Wealth change.

Presentation Outline

Stuart Ellis-Myers a.k.a. Twitchy is the world’s only Vocational Rehabilitation mastery keynote speaker living with Tourette Syndrome. Best described by 800 + audiences as ‘Robin Williams with an inspirational twitch’! Stuart inspires audiences worldwide with his contagious enthusiasm and powerfully proven techniques to become truly ‘VR-Unstoppable’. Within this powerfully inspiring, informative and entertaining presentation you will explore your own humanity while learning how to effectively CSI detect, triage, and safely manage the people that you help who are overwhelmed
by stigma, crippling symptoms of mental illness and dual diagnosis of addiction/self-medicating substance abuse. More to the point, if he can do it – what’s stopping you?

In this interactive, laugh-while-you-learn, experientially-based keynote, VRA members will learn how to VR-ANCHOR every client, CSI detect, triage and create the emotional safe place’ required to experience and measure true VR breakthroughs that are inherently unique to every patient.

 


 

Dr. Marc White, Ph.D, and Dr. Shannon Wagner, Ph.D, MSc, R. Psych
Psychosocial Factors Contributing to Delayed RTW and Promising Interventions

Marc WhiteMarc White, PhD
CEO and President
Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute

Dr. Marc White is co-founder and CEO/President of the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. He held an appointment as Research Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and at the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2005 – 2008) and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (2003-2005). His current research interests are concerned with the identification, prevention and control of psychosocial hazards in the workplace, the use of academic and community partnerships; and other participatory approaches to enhance research planning, implementation, and evaluation. Dr. White has participated and led several stakeholder-centred knowledge syntheses initiatives.

 


 

Shannon Wagner, PhD, MSc, R. Psych
Professor in the School of Health Sciences, and the Interim Dean for the College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences

Shannon WagnerDr. Shannon Wagner is a Professor in the School of Health Sciences, and the Interim Dean for the College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her research focus is occupational mental health, especially as it relates to disability management, occupational stress, trauma and family-work interface. She is particularly interested in work with first responders and has completed work with firefighters that spans more than two decades.

Dr. Wagner is also a registered psychologist and maintains a small clinical practice. Her practice provides general psychological assessment for both children and adults and provides specific local expertise for issues of occupational mental health, especially workplace related traumatic stress.

Presentation Outline

In a series of reviews of systematic reviews Dr. White and Dr. Wagner identified worker, workplace and system-based factors contributing to prolonged work absence. Following this synthesis they then identified interventions that impacted some of these risk factors. In Dr. White and Dr. Wagner’s most current work they focused on the identification, control and prevention of work-related psychosocial hazards and social conditions that contribute to mental health disorders and prolonged work absence. During this presentation they will share highlights from this work and those relevant to vocational rehabilitation professionals.

 


 

Dr. Marc White and Dr. Shannon Wagner
Roundtable & Q&A: Psychosocial Factors, Case Management and Workers Compensation Board

This interactive session will consider the relevance of psychosocial factors in the workplace that can impact prolonged work absence. Dr. White and Dr. Wagner invite an exploration on the implications of current research in the context of a vocational rehabilitation professional’s roles and responsibilities for case management in the context of delivering services for employers and workers compensation boards.

 

 

Registration Fees

Early Bird (register on or before October 5, 2018)

VRA Members:           $175.00+GST
Non-Members:            $215.00+GST
Students:                     $50.00+GST
Live Stream:                $105.00+GST

 

After October 1st:

VRA Members:           $195.00+GST
Non-Members:            $235.00+GST
Students:                     $50.00+GST
Live Stream:                $105.00+GST

 

Registration includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks, and lunch including the AGM. To register online please click here.

 

 

Agenda

7:30 to 8:30am: Registration and Sponsor Networking
8:30 to 8:35am: Opening remarks
8:35am to 8:40am:  Sponsor Presentations: Group #1
8:40am to 10:15am:  Dr. Macy Lai
How Psychological Treatment Helps Clients Increase Function/Return to Work
10:15am to 10:30am: Morning break
10:30am to 10:35am: Sponsor Presentations: Group #2
10:35am to 11:45am:

Greg Gauthier
RTW Case Study

11:45am to 12:00pm: Pre-AGM break and Sponsor Presentations: Group #3
12:00pm to 1:15pm: AGM and Lunch
1:15pm to 2:15pm:

Stuart Ellis-Myers: Keynote
More VRA Connection! More VRA Collaboration!! More VRA Learning!!! More VRA Fun!!!!

2:15pm to 3:15pm:

Dr. Marc White and Dr. Shannon Wagner
Psychosocial Factors Contributing to Delayed RTW and Promising Interventions

3:15pm to 3:30pm: Sponsor Presentations: Group #4
3:30pm to 3:40pm: Afternoon break
3:40pm to 4:20pm:

Dr. Marc White and Dr. Shannon Wagner
Roundtable & QA -  Psychosocial Factors, Case Management and Workers Compensation Board

4:20pm to 4:30pm: Closing remarks and Thank You’s

 

Location

The annual VRA BC Training Day and AGM will return to the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey, BC for the October 26, 2018 event. Hotel is located at 15269 104 Ave, Surrey, BC.

 

Accommodations

The Sheraton Vancouver Guildford is pleased to offer those attending the VRA BC Training Day and AGM 10% off best available room rates when booked online. Rooms will be available on a first come, first serve basis. A large conference is in the hotel on the same day as the VRA BC event, so if you anticipate needing a hotel room please book ASAP. To arrange your reservation please visit: http://www.sheratonguildford.com/set-cat-10

 

Parking

Parking is available at the hotel. It is not included in your registration fee.